Senate Confirms Comcast's Cohen as Ambassador to Canada

EVP and Chief Diversity Officer Comcast Corporation David L. Cohen speaks at the 2014 Women in Cable Telecommunications Leadership Conference on September 15, 2014 in New York City.
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The Senate has confirmed David Cohen, senior advisor to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, as ambassador to Canada.

The confirmation was by voice vote, meaning it was noncontroversial and essentially unanimous. His official title is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Canada.

Cohen is former senior executive VP of Comcast, where he oversaw corporate, legal, government and regulatory affairs, as well as corporate real estate and security. He was also Comcast's first chief diversity officer.

Cohen is also a longtime Democratic donor and fundraiser, including for Biden.

“I congratulate David on his confirmation as America’s next Ambassador to Canada," said Brian Roberts. "His long history of dedicated public service will continue as he builds the bonds between our countries. While Philadelphia will miss him, I know he’ll bring his energy, passion and incredible work ethic to Ottawa.”

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.